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Long-run Consequences of Exposure to Natural Disasters

Krzysztof Karbownik () and Anthony Wray

No HIAS-E-36, Discussion paper series from Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: We utilize the individual-level World War I Draft Registration Cards matched to late-nineteenth century hurricane paths and the 1940 U.S. Census to explore whether fetal and early childhood exposure to stress caused by hurricanes affects human capital development and labor market outcomes in adulthood. Difference-in-differences estimates indicate that white males who were born in the South and experienced a hurricane either in utero or as infants had lower income at ages 42 to 53. They are robust to alternate specifications of either the treatment or outcome variables, as well as changes in the tolerance for imperfectly matched historical data.

Keywords: Prenatal stress; natural disasters; labor market outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J24 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-env, nep-hea, nep-his and nep-lma
Date: 2016-11
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